novice auctioneer


Our new Novice Auctioneer of the Year is Debs Latham from SDL Auctions!

The fiercely contested, high-octane competition, sponsored by Clive Emson, Auction Technology Group, Bidpath and Essential Information Group, was held at the Cambridge Belfry. The competition opened in the afternoon with all 12 contestants taking to the rostrum to auction off a mixed bag of five auction lots designed to challenge, encourage creativity and simulate the sort of lots that they would come up against in real-life auctions.

The contestants displayed an impressive mixture of auctioneering styles, but ultimately there could be only three finalists, and after some tough decision making from the judging panel, comprising Clive Emson, Richard Madley and David Sandeman, the panel of experts whittled them down to the final three who battled it out to be crowned Novice Auctioneer of the Year during the annual NAVA Propertymark Gala Dinner.

Debs Latham

After winning the Clive Emson Rosebowl, Debs said:

"I'm thrilled to have won. I love what I do and I’m incredibly passionate about it and it was great to get the chance to show this to the audience, and my peers.

"The competition was exciting, nerve-racking and exhilarating, all rolled into one! I guess it was the fear of the unknown. I knew there was going to be people planted in the audience to trip us up, but I just didn't know quite what to expect. Being from a property background, it was a challenge having to auction chattels lots, as it was all new to me. 

"Winning also illustrates that although it's a novice competition, it doesn't just have to be for the younger people. I proved that you can succeed at any age, and regardless of gender. 

"Knowing that in the final I was auctioning for real in aid of the charity Pilgrims Hospices, with real money and real bidders was fantastic. I could have stood up there all night. 

"I also really enjoyed meeting people from other aspects of auctioneering, and making friends. It was nice to learn from each other, and I think I'll definitely keep in touch with some of the people I met." 


Lucy Gregory

Lucy Gregory

Lucy is a picture specialist at Dreweatts Auctioneers. After attaining a History of Art degree from Birmingham University she completed a Master’s degree at Sotheby’s Institute and then went on to work in the Silver and Picture departments at Bonhams, London. She has been at Dreweatts since 2016.

Nick Maddocks

Nick Maddocks

Nick has been a residential estate agent for 25 years. He has worked in all property sectors including sales, lettings and commercial, in both rural and urban centres. Nick has always had a keen interest in property auctions and is thrilled to be heading up the new auction department for Gibbins Richards, a progressive and independent west country firm.


novice auctioneer competitors

From left to right: Louise Simpson, Nick Maddocks, Lucy Gregory, Frederick Baker, Francesca Whitham, Debs Latham,
Allan Ross, Chris Milne, David Wedge, Gemima Brettell, Arlene Blankers and Jim Peake.


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Serving the auction trade since 1971, today we facilitate £2bn of online transactions, reach 12 verticals through our four online marketplaces, including: Consumer goods, industrial machinery, plant machinery and agriculture, cars and commercial vehicles, commercial surplus and insolvency as well as fine art, decorative arts, jewellery and collectables.

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Clive Emson Auctioneers was founded in 1989 to supply a high profile auctioneering facility to estate agents, private clients and statutory bodies. Their success is attributable to a commitment to quality and service distinguished by both our Investors in People and ISO accreditations.

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Bidpath is a global auction software company. Their SAM Auction Software is the leading private label and fully customisable global auction platform, offering fully integrated solutions that give back the auctioneer control over their brand and their customers.

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Essential Information Group works closely with over 350 different auction houses and have full information of the lots they offer on our fully searchable members website that is used by a broad range of clients. We provide a range of solutions for auctioneers including: catalogue creation, website design, creation and hosting, legal pack hosting, live auction broadcasting on the internet and online auctions.